Cutler says producers will pick Candidate finalists; 24 semifinalists were interviewed.

Cutler says producers will pick Candidate finalists; 24 semifinalists were interviewed.
The 12 candidates who will participate in American Candidate, which begins taping next week, will be selected by producers, not the public, despite the “support” voting that’s taken place on the show’s web site. Cutler says, though, that this should come as no surprise: He says “You won’t be able to find anywhere that anyone associated with the show that says Web site support has any direct impact on somebody getting on the show. The decisions as to who gets on the show are made by producers of the show–by me–and by Showtime working together. I take full responsibility for that. The online support is a way of building a community of people in common with American Candidate and support a forum for ideas outside the two-party process.” Still, the SF Weekly’s Matt Smith argues that “the ‘candidates’ were tricked into pointlessly promoting the show, which will be cast like any other TV program–with a casting call.” There doesn’t seem to be any indication, though, that candidates won’t be selected from the pool of people whose profiles are posted online. Still, he suggets a boycott of Showtime’s parent company Viacom.
+ earlier: The LA Times reports that “Twenty-four semifinalists convened in Los Angeles … to meet with the show’s producers.”

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